What a slacker!
I can’t believe I didn’t post a Gratituesday yesterday. I can’t even come up with a decent reason. Busy. Life. Sidetracked.
Well, maybe on occasion I get grumpy and forget how decadent a life I lead compared to ninety percent of the rest of the world. Shame on me when I do that.
I recognize abundance every day but don’t necessarily mention it online. My journal hears about it. The interior of my car hears my comments and catches glimpses of car dancing and singing I might do when I’m feeling particularly blessed while I’m out and about.
There’s something about putting my gratitude out there for all the world to see that makes it bigger, better, and more real. Almost gives it life, if that’s possible. And so I’ve clung to the idea of Gratituesday since my sister posted one three years ago on Facebook. Tuesday has been like my extra little Hallelujah day.
So, this Wednesday, a day late, but better than ignoring it altogether, I’ve built a list from this past week.
- seeing a six-month old becoming mobile, rolling, stretching, reaching, becoming less dependent every day
- joy clearly visible in the eyes of a physically challenged older adult when music plays and people sing
- tiny purple wildflowers mixed in among the orange and golds
- a chorus of birdsong to wake me every single morning
- the dogs down the street who howl with the fire engine sirens, as if they know some sorrow has occurred
- an orange eaten fresh from the backyard tree, juice running down my chin, fingers sticky with delight
- a reliable, decent looking vehicle, new to me since December
- opportunities to help in a different way than I’m used to or comfortable with
- warm, clean water pouring out from the faucet at the mere twist of a handle
- time with my children talking, laughing, texting, sharing
- a zillion book choices for reading, mental traveling, learning, wondering
- a red valentine balloon, droopy and deflated, but filled with love of the purest kind
- a refrigerator full of food, cupboards stocked, every need supplied
- friends and hugs, support and encouragement
- wonderful memories to fill empty spaces
And that isn’t even half of the amazement that rocked my world.
Oh, I know to anyone looking in on my life it would seem ordinary and boring. Maybe it is. But noticing and acknowledging the blessedness of it all makes it extraordinary in my eyes. And that’s all that really counts, isn’t it?
As is my wish every Tuesday, I hope you find happinesses in your life as well.